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Apprehension about where the economy is heading could be one of the factors behind a continued increase in credit union mergers.

Over the past 12months, there has been a net decline of 322 credit unions with a loss of 16 during April, according to CUNA Mutual Group’s latest Credit Union Trends report. Through the first four months of 2009, the credit union count declined by 106 institutions, compared to a 91 count decline for the same period in 2008. The industry now has an estimated 7,982 credit unions.

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